Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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Michael Ribant

Title/s: Instructor

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

Office #: BVM 213

Phone: 773.508.8254

E-mail: mribant@luc.edu

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


Mike Ribant, MA is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at Northern Illinois University, where he 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 Chicago and Northwestern University. He won the poster competition at a recent Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) conference. 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” 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, ABD of Geography, Northern Illinois University
  • MA of Geography, Northern Illinois University
  • BS of Business Administration and Finance, University of Arizona

Research Interests

My 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.


  • Ribant, Michael. (2014). Modeling the Accessibility of Chicago’s Public Transit: A Dasymetric GIS Mapping Approach for Handling Uncertainty in Census Data.  Presented at the Transport Chicago 2014 Conference, June 6th, 2014, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Ribant, Michael.  (2014). Using the Leaflet Map API.  Presented at Dr. Thomas Pingel’s Geovisualization Seminar (GEOG 790), Northern Illinois University, March 28th, 2014, Dekalb, Illinois.