Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE)


The SAFE crew at Cal Academy of Sciences this September. We were invited to host an educational table at the museum’s NightLife event themed “Forests.” Photo credit: Stella Cousins

Who are we?

UC Berkeley SAFE is a group of Cal graduate and undergraduate students (and staff) from a variety of fields who are passionate about fire. In addition to fostering community among fire enthusiasts in academia, we strive to spread our excitement beyond the university through classroom visits, outreach events, and more. We bring live demos and hands-on activities to a variety of settings. For detailed descriptions of our educational fire outreach activities and demos, see here.

President: Carmen Tubbesing
Treasurer: Gabrielle Boisrame

For questions, please contact Carmen at

SAFE Mission

SAFE is a nation-wide student organization under the umbrella of the Association for Fire Ecology. The primary objective of SAFE is: “to provide students from diverse backgrounds with an open forum on fire ecology through which research can be shared, networks formed and funding and information resources can be accessed.”

Stacey Frederick from the California Fire Science Consortium, demonstrates how topography can change the speed at which a fire spreads. Chris Pugh-Ukiah Daily Journal.
Stacey Frederick demonstrates how fire burns faster uphill at a SAFE outreach event held at the Hopland Research and Extension Center. Photo credit: Chris Pugh, Ukiah Daily Journal.