Richard   J.  Kline

Associate Professor  

Office: BLHSB 1.818
Phone: (956) 882-5789
Email: Richard.Kline@utrgv.edu

Dr. Richard J. Kline





Selected Publications


  • Austin Greene, Abdullah Rahman, Richard Kline, and MD Saydur Rahman. "Side scan sonar: a cost-efficient alternative method for measuring seagrass cover in shallow environments," Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 207, (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2018): 250-258.

  • M. Rahnemoonfar, Abdullah Rahman, Richard Kline, and Austin Greene. "Automatic seagrass disturbance pattern identification on Sonar images," IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering PP, no. 99 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2018): 1-10.

  • Evan Bare and Richard Kline. "Notopthalmus meridionalis (Black-spotted Newt) Habitat Use," Herpetological Review 48, no. 4 (December 2017): 827-828.

  • Michael Bollinger and Richard Kline. "Validating Sidescan Sonar as a Fish Survey Tool Over Artificial Reefs," Journal of Coastal Research 33, no. 6 (November 2017): 1397-1407.

  • M. Rahnemoonfar, M. Yari, Amy Ramirez, and Richard Kline. "The First Automatic Method for Mapping the Pothole in Seagrass," 2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2017: 267-274.

  • Rachel Arney, Catheline Froehlich, and Richard Kline. "Recruitment patterns of juvenile fish at an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico," Bethesda, MD: AFS Marine and Coastal Fisheries 9, no. 1 (March 2017): 79-92.

  • Richard Kline, Holt Joan, and Khan K.. "Arginine Vasotocin V1a2 Receptor and GnRH Co-Localize in preoptic neurons of the Sex Changing Grouper, Epinephelus adscensionis," Amsterdam: General and Comparative Endocrinology 225, (2016): 33-44.

  • David Hicks, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, Richard Kline, Dale Shively, and Brooke Shipley-Lozano. "Artificial reef fish survey methods: counts vs. log-categories yield different diversity estimates," Proceedings of the 68th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, 2016, 2016: 74-79.

  • Linda Jordan, David Hicks, Richard Kline, and Maria Cooksey. "Mesophotic Reef Fish Communities of Two South Texas Relic Coral-Algal Banks: North Hospital and Hospital," Proceedings of the 68th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, 2016: 66-73.

  • Alexandro Trevino, Karen Martirosyan, and Richard Kline. "Thermite Reaction to Produce Artificial Reefs," APS March Meeting Abstracts. 2016.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Richard Kline. Black Spotted Newt State-wide Habitat and Occurrence Assessment, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, $345,276.36 (September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2020)

  • Richard Kline. Ocelot and Jaguarundi Monitoring Project: Monitoring Wildlife Crossings, Cattle guards, and Fencing on State Highway 100 (SH 100), TXDOT, $752,761.60 (September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2020)

  • Richard Kline. Movements, Behavior, and Reproductive Condition of Two Snook Species in South Texas, TPWD & USFWS, $100,000.00 (September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2020)

  • Abdullah Rahman. Development and Application of a Novel Suite of Field Survey Methods to Inform Conservation of the Rio Grande cooter Pseudemys gorzugi, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, $193,282.80 (September 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019)

  • Richard Kline. Sidescan Sonar Surveys and Evaluation of Nearshore Reef Site Materials in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, TPWD, $33,124.00 (August 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019)

  • Karl Berg. Sibling influences on vocal babbling and vocal development, National Science Foundation, $571,373.00 (November 15, 2016 - October 31, 2019)

  • Jay Rooker. Restoring and Enhancing Structurally Complex Nursery Habitat to Enhance Reef Fish Populations, Texas One Gulf Center of Excellence, $223,752.00 (September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2018)

  • Richard Kline. Ocelot and Jaguarundi Monitoring Project: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Wildlife Crossings, Cattle guards, and Fencing on State Highway 100 (SH 100)., Texas Department of Transportation, $646,529.00 (September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2018)

  • Richard Kline. Defining the range of the South Texas Siren, development and validation of an eDNA assay for use with this species, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD-SWG), $99,983.00 (September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2018)

  • David Hicks. Artificial reef biological monitoring and research program FY 2016-2017; now "Artificial reef biological monitoring and research program FY 2016-2018", Texas Parks & Wildlife Department , $633,323.00 (September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2018)



Selected Presentations


  • Sean Graham, Richard Kline, David Steen, and Crystal Kelehear. "Description of an extant Salamander from the Gulf Coastal Plain of North America: the Reticulated Siren, Siren reticulata," Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists , American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists; Herpetologists’ League; Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Rochester, NY (July 2018)

  • Trinity Livingston, Kevin Ryer, Richard Kline, and John Young. "An Analysis of Factors Associated with Wildlife Road Mortalities in South Texas," 54th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Dallas, TX (February 2018)

  • Evan Bare and Richard Kline. "Peeping Herpetology: How to Spy on Black- spotted Newts and Other Herpetofauna," 54th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Dallas, TX (February 2018)

  • Evan Bare, Richard Kline, Andrew Gluesenkamp, and Luis Peña. "Range Distribution Modeling for the Black -Spotted Newt," 54th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Dallas, TX (February 2018)

  • Krista Ruppert, Evan Bare, Richard Kline, and MD Saydur Rahman. "Sifting Through the Soup: Developing an Environmental DNA Assay for Threatened Amphibians," 54th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Dallas, TX (February 2018)

  • Anna Rivera, Tiffany Cogan, Kevin Ryer, John Young, and Richard Kline. "Wildlife Use of Road Mitigation Structures Pre - and Post -construction Along a South Texas Highway," 54th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Dallas, TX (February 2018)

  • Kirsten Lara and Richard Kline. "Artificial reef monitoring: using time - lapse videography for long - term field observations of low - profile artificial patch reefs," 2018 Texas Chapter AFS Annual Meeting, Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, College Station, TX (January 2018)

  • Richard Kline, Catheline Froehlich, and Andres Garcia. "Home range of Red Snapper Lutjanus campechanus over a large artifical reef," 2018 Texas Chapter AFS Annual Meeting, Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, College Station, TX (January 2018)

  • Daniel Alder and Richard Kline. "Size matters: investigating the ecology of low - profile artificial patch reef systems," 2018 Texas Chapter AFS Annual Meeting, Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, College Station, TX (January 2018)

  • Richard Kline, Daniel Alder, David Hicks, Gary Glick, Dale Shively, and J. Shipley. "The Rio Grande Valley Reef: Incorporating Low-Profile Nursery Areas into Artificial Reef Design," 147th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society: Marine Artificial Reef Research and Development: Integrating Fisheries Management Objectives I, American Fisheries Society, Tampa, Florida (August 2017)

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