is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at Penn State. Her research interests include the human dimensions of natural hazards (perception, communication, and mitigation), feminist and queer theory, and critical pedagogy. Destiny's dissertation focuses on how people perceive and communicate about wildfire in the west; how mitigation decisions are influenced by people's emotional and affective relationship with the landscape; and how communication between fire managers and residents can be improved.
Destiny has taught Intro to Physical Geography, Intro to Human Geography, Mapping Our Changing World, and Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards. In 2010 Destiny won the James T. Meyer Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Department of Geography, and the George H. K. Schenk Teaching Assistant Award from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
Destiny received her B.A. in Geography from Sonoma State and her M.S. in Geography from Penn State. She also worked for 7 years at a nonprofit cultural exchange organization.