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Michael Ribant, PhD

Title/s:  Instructor

Specialty Area: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Urban Geography, Climate Change

Office #:  BVM 226

Phone: 773.508.8254


External Webpage: http://www.mikeribant.org/r_cv.html


  • Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the Department of Geography, Northern Illinois University, 2012
  • Master of Online Teaching (MOT) Certificate from the Illinois Online Network (ION), University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), 2015
  • Graduate Teaching Certificate from the Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center, Northern Illinois University, 2013


For the past seven years, Mike Ribant (PhD) has taught classes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and geography at various colleges in the Chicagoland area including Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University. He recently presented at the annual ESRI UC conference in San Diego.  A native Detroiter, his dissertation research examined America’s post-industrial, shrinking cities while exploring the efficacy of various methods for “right-sizing” cities. 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.


  • PhD, Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences, Northern Illinois University
  • MA of Geography, California State University, Fullerton
  • BS of Business Administration and Finance, University of Arizona

Research Interests

Research interests are in the areas of urban geography, GIS, web mapping, spatial analysis, climate change and geovisualization.

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 380/UNIV 410 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • ENVS 224 Climate and Climate Change

Selected Publications

Authored Books

  • Ribant, Michael (1994). U.S. Trout Atlas. Editor.
  • Ribant, Michael (1994). U.S. Bass Atlas. Editor.

Please see his CV for other publications, awards and affiliations.