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A chapter of the national Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE)



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




People Student Association for Fire Ecology at Berkeley

Chapter Officials

President:                                                        Anu Kramer: anu.kramer@berkeley.edu

Vice President:                                                Carmen Tubbesing       

Secratary:                                                        Kristen Shive

Treasurer:                                                        Anu Kramer

Food Coordinator:                                           Stacey Frederick


Register for the National SAFE Listserve: 

Send an e-mail to listproc@ucdavis.edu with "SUB FIRE-SAFE <YourFirstName YourLastName>" in the body of the message. 
Post messages at fire-safe@ucdavis.edu


Movie Night!




Recent Chapter Activities:

November 14, 2014
The SAFE at Berkeley visits All Power Labs in West Berkeley, getting excited about the prospect of gasification to help make fuels reduction biomass a more usable resource.

October 2, 2014
 Listen to graduate student Kate Wilkin Thursday October 2nd on NPR affiliate Capital Public Radio at (Morning Edition at 630 and 830 AM, All Things Considered at 430 PM) as part of a five part series on Fire in California. Check out the multimedia series or read about Kate's adventure with an NPR reporter.

June 28, 2014
Kate Wilkin guided Capital Public Radio reporter, Amy Quinton, through Yosemite National Park's Illilouette Basin to discuss "where fire works" in California. They explored an area where lightning strike fires have been allowed to burn since the 1970s resulting in a restored forest with a rich fire history. The rich fire history demonstrates that once fires are allowed to burn, they are self-limiting. The fires start to fit together like a jig saw puzzle. The past fire prevents a future fire. After a decade or more, past fires no longer limit the extent of other fires, but they often moderate fire severity, or how many trees are killed. The restored forest has quilt-like patches of unique communities and range from open park like forests to shrub lands, dense baby trees, and wetlands all with diverse plants and animals on the forest floor. Learn more at

Photo credit: Stacey Frederick

June 4, 2014
Kate Wilkin and Anu Kramer, joined by Stella Cousins from the Battles lab, designed and manned interactive fire-related demonstrations at a NatureBridge Fundraising Gala in San Francisco.


April 12, 2014
Kate Wilkin and Anu Kramer, joined by Stella Cousins from the Battles lab and Sibyl Diver from the Carlson lab,  hosted numerous Native American students, family members, and community supporters during Cal Day 2014. Four interactive sessions focused on combustion and fire behavior (with the fire vortex), prescribed fire (with a dress-up station), and methods of studying fire, including dendrochronology (with real fire scars)! Read more here

March 8 - 22, 2014
Anu Kramer attended a prescribed fire training exchange at the Niobrara Valley Preserve near Norden, Nebraska.  During the 2 weeks, almost 3,200 acres were burned by over 100 participants including students from 6 universities, as well as representatives from state and federal agencies, local fire departments, nonprofits, and landowners. 
Ainsworth Star-Journal article Interview about the training

October 20 - November 2, 2013
Kate Wilkin and Anu Kramer attended a prescribed fire training exchange hosted by the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council in Northern California.  The training spanned 15 burns covering 389 acres near Orick, Arcata, Orleans, Hayfork, and Whiskeytown, CA with 40 participants from across the US and Spain.  Article in Wildfire Today  TV news spot


April 21, 2013 
9 students from the Wildland Fire Science class (current and alumni) joined with Berkeley's SAFE chapter to do a prescribed burn on 1.5 acres of UC Berkeley's Blodgett forest in the Central Sierra. (photo by Rob York)

 January 30, 2013 
The Stephens Wildland Fire Science Lab (aka Berkeley’s SAFE chapter) sponsored a departmental happy hour and educated folks about fire science. Our menu was true to our fiery studies: Flaming Cookie Monster shots, Muddled jalapeno margaritas, Triptych of Fire succession cakes, Chili with an arsenal of hot sauces, Tree ring cookies, Beer and Wine, and for other budding fire ecologist, we had a grill-your-own-station with veggie kebobs and marshmallows. For their safety, we let them borrow our Nomex and hard hats. Scott kept people warm & entertained with a demonstration of extreme fire behavior --- fire devils (video here)! For more, click here(photos by Anu Kramer)


A gathering of SAFE members and friends to lend a hand to Kate Wilkin building heat shields for climate sensors.(photo by Anu Kramer)

Anu Kramer and Sasha Clark visit a 4th grade classroom and teach a lesson on wildfire.

Upcoming Conferences:



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Really cool lupines: enroute to Scott Stephens' Metasedimentary Parental Materials Fire History Plots, Sierra San Pedro de Martir, June 2004


The Stephens Lab

    Association of Fire Ecology

  The Journal of the Association of Fire Ecology

 The Student Association for Fire Ecology


For questions about the UC Berkeley SAFE chapter, please contact:

    Kate Wilkin (Stephens Lab): (510) 642 4934, email: Kate.Wilkin@berkeley.edu

Questions about the web page can be sent to:

    Anu Kramer (Stephens Lab), email: anu.kramer@berkeley.edu


Last updated: 04/25/2013

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