Welcome to my academic website. Within these pages you will find information about my GIS work, web mappng projects, research interests and courses taught.


Mike Ribant M.A.; A.B.D., is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at Northern Illinois University, where he has taught geography and was named Outstanding Graduate Student. For the past several years, Ribant has taught classes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geography at various colleges in the Chicagoland area including Loyola University, Northwestern University, Chicago State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Harper College, Triton College and City Colleges of Chicago. These classes include Introduction to GIS, Advanced GIS, Interactive Cartography, Remote Sensing, Vector GIS, Raster GIS and Global Climate Change. Ribant also developed a course for Chicago State University under a grant contract entitled GIS for Homeland Security and won the poster competition at a recent Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) conference. His research interests are in the areas of urban geography, GIS, web mapping, spatial analysis, climate change and geovisualization. A native Detroiter, his dissertation research aims to better understand America’s post-industrial, shrinking cities and examines various operationalized and postulated methods for ”right-sizing“ them. Prior to entering graduate school in 2007, Ribant owned a retail coffee chain in downtown San Diego. An avid fly-fishing enthusiast, Ribant is the editor of two books about fishing: The U.S. Bass Atlas and The U.S. Trout Atlas.

Loyola University Office

Institute of Environmental Sustainability - BVM Room 213
6364 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660

Courses Taught During 2017-18 Academic Year:

Northwestern University

ENVR SCI 390: "Applied GIS" - Special Topics in Environmental Sciences

GEOG 343: Geographic Information Systems

Loyola University

ENVS 380/UNIV 410: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

ENVS 224: Global Climate Change

Chicago State University

GEOG 4805/5805: GIS for Homeland Security

Harper College

GEG 100: Cultural Geography

GEG 111: Physical Geography

GEG 112: Physical Geography Lab

City Colleges of Chicago

GEOG 101: World Regional Geography

GEOG 102: Economic Geography

PHY SCI 107: Current Public Issues in Physical Science