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Dr. John Kostelnick

Professor of Geography, Director GEOMAP
Ofc International Engagement
Felmley Hall of Science - FHS FHS 107
Office Hours
MW 11-12; F 12-1
  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
  • Research

Current Courses

304.001Advanced Geographic Information Systems

304.002Advanced Geographic Information Systems

304.003Advanced Geographic Information Systems

404.001Advanced Geographic Information Systems

404.002Advanced Geographic Information Systems

404.003Advanced Geographic Information Systems

142.005Human Geography

287.004Independent Study - Geography

135.001World Geography

Teaching Interests & Areas

Current Courses: Advanced GIS, Cartography, Human Geography, Geography of Chicago, World Geography, Maps and Geographic Reasoning, Independent Study in Geography

Research Interests & Areas

Geographic Information Science (GIScience), geovisualization, cartographic symbolization and design, design and usability of interactive maps, crisis and humanitarian relief mapping, hazards and risks, GIS applications in society (humanitarian demining, sea level rise), cultural geography of the United States urban geography.

BA History

Iowa State University
Ames, IA

MA Geography

University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE

Ph D Geography

University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

Oustanding University Teaching Award

Illinois State University

Oustanding College Teaching Award

College of Arts and Sciences

Research Initiative Award

Illinois State University

Douglas Clay Ridgley Fellow

Illinois State University

Gamma Theta Upsilon

Illinois State University

Book Review

Kostelnick, J. Book review of The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World (2019)
Kostelnick, J., , & . The Place of Religion in Chicago. Illinois Geographer 1.57 (2015): 97-99.

Book, Chapter

Kostelnick, J. Humanitarian geospatial technology. A. J. Kent and D. Specht (EDs), The Routledge Handbook of Geospatial Technologies and Society. Routledge (2023)
Kostelnick, C., & Kostelnick, J. Online Visualizations of Natural Disasters and Hazards: The Rhetorical Dynamics of Charting Risk. A. G. Gross and J. Buehl (EDs), Science and the Internet: Communicating Knowledge in a Digital Age. Baywood Press (2016): 157-190.

Conference Proceeding

Banerjee, S., Hosack, B., Lim, B., & Kostelnick, J. Social media widget for emergency response. Issues in Information Systems 14.2 (2013): 289-297.

Journal Article

Kostelnick, J., Abdelnour, J., Cummings, E., Estell-Edghill, B., Plaza, N., Rice, P., Riley, T., Scharwark, B., Southerd, J., Stites, J., Wilson, D., & Allen, J. A demographic, economic, and environmental analysis of public transportation in Chicago today. Illinois Geographer 61.2 (2020): 26-60.
Kostelnick, J., & Hoeniges, L. Map symbols for crisis mapping: Challenges and Prospects. The Cartographic Journal (2018)
Kostelnick, J., Becker, J., Brinkmann, M., Cord, D., Craigmile, D., Dunne, S., Hoeniges, L., Klotzbach, M., Langreck, J., Marchand, M., Sherman, N., Smiley, A., & Tyler, C. Mapping ethnic change in Chicago’s Avondale and Logan Square neighborhoods. Illinois Geographer (2017)
Rabie, A., Peterson, E. W., Kostelnick, J. C., and Rowley, R. J., 2017, Optimizing DEM resolution inputs and number of stream gauges in GIS predictions of flood inundation: A case study along the Illinois River (IL), USA: Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, doi:10.2113/EEG-1890.
Kostelnick, J., Jo, J., Rose, J., Cross, J., Deabel, E., & Verderber, A. Application of airborne LiDAR data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to develop a distributed generation system for the Town of Normal, IL.. AIMS Energy 3.2 (2015): 173-183.


Kostelnick, J. Disaster Mitigation and Response Issue. Association of American Geographers (2009)


Kostelnick, J. The GIS Bridge: What it is, Why it is Important, and How We Build it. GIS Notes, Illinois GIS Association (2013)


Collective action for school-wellness: An ecological example. AIESEP World Congress. (2022)
Riedel, J., Peterson, E.W., Dogwiler, T., and Seyoum, W., 2021, Effects of thermal variation on flow dynamics in the hyporheic zone, in Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 53, No. 6, 2021 doi: 10.1130/abs/2021AM-368988
Conley, E. W., Peterson, E. W., Kostelnick, J., and Dogwiler, T., Assessing past Cave Collapse Probability using GIS, in Proceedings Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 2020, Volume 52, The Geological Society of America (GSA), doi: 10.1130/abs/2020AM-358269.
Confronting Crisis: Challenges for hazard and risk mapping. University of Northern Iowa. (2018)
Cultural mapping: A review of cartographic methods. North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). (2018)
The Online Atlas of Illinois: Interactive Mapping for Exploring the Geography of Illinois. International Geographical Union Regional Conference/Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting/National Council for Geography Education Annual Conference. (2018)
Thinking Like a Historian, Thinking Like a Geographer: Reading A Source From Different Perspectives. Annual Conference of the National Council for History Education. National Council for History Education. (2018)
Geography: Geographic Thinking in Action: Using Historical Maps in the Classroom. History and Social Science Education Symposium. Department of History, McLean County Museum of History, and Regional Office of Education. (2017)
Using Maps to Examine Historical Thinking and Geographic Thinking. 2017 Geography Education in the 21st Century Conference. Illinois Geographic Alliance and Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment at ISU. (2017)
Using Maps to Examine Historical Thinking and Geographic Thinking. Geographic Thinking in Action. Illinois Geographic Alliance. (2017)

Grants & Contracts

“BNCRC: Bloomington Normal Climate Responsive Community,”. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Federal. (2024)
Advancing Research and Creative Scholarship (ARCS). Illinois State University Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Illinois State University. (2023)
“Northwest Bolsena Archaeological Project,”. ARCS, Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2023)
“Sustainable Farming in Illinois: Developing Deep Learning Algorithms for Classifying Growth Stages of Weeds in Soybean Fields,”. Illinois Innovation Network, University of Illinois. State. (2023)
Enhancing the Access to and Accessibility of Wellness Services and Programs for District 87 Schools. College of Applied Science and Technology. Illinois State University. (2022)