About SAFE

SAFE is the Student Section of the Association for Fire Ecology. SAFE aims to provide students with 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.

SAFE provides travel grants to students wishing to attend annual AFE conferences, mentor functions at AFE conferences, and promotes chapter panel discussions, speakers, and activities. We continue to look for opportunities to network with students at other universities.

SAFE was established in 2000 by graduate students at the University of California Berkeley and University of California Davis, who came from a variety of academic disciplines and shared a strong interest in fire ecology and related issues. SAFE now consists of a network of campus chapters. To learn more, you can read the SAFE Constitution here.

SAFE members participate in a prescribed burn with The Nature Conversancy at Disney Wilderness Preserve in 2017. 

SAFE group picture taken at The ’88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond Conference, 2008

Dr. Brian Oswald and SAFE member Amanda Bataineh at the poster session in Spokane.

2020 SAFE Officers 

Lars Filson, President

Chapter: University of Idaho

Dillon Alexander, Vice President

Chapter: University of Idaho

Savannah Cierley, Secretary/Treasurer

Chapter: Northern Arizona University

Michael Daugherty, Training & Education Officer

Chapter: Northern Arizona University

**You can email the national officers at safe@fireecology.org**

How to Establish a SAFE Chapter

For information on establishing a SAFE Chapter at your university, read the Chapter Startup Guide. You can also contact one of the officers below

Get Involved

Check out the Upcoming Conferences webpage to      see details about events in the near future and find out what opportunities are available for students, such as Travel Grants, volunteer opportunities, SAFE meetings and   other activities, mentor events, opportunities to present papers and posters, and more! 

Although listing every wildland, prescribed fire, and fire ecology training course is beyond the scope of this  website, the websites below are good places to start looking for training.  Be sure to contact your local organizations and regional fire science exchanges for additional opportunities.

SAFE Chapter Grants

Congratulations to the following chapters who received grants in 2019--a total of $5000 was distributed to fund requests such as attending TREX events; purchasing fire PPE, tools, and equipment; and attending conferences or other fire events. Information for how to apply for our next cycle of SAFE chapter grants will be sent to chapter contacts in November 2020. 

  • Colorado State University
  • Humboldt State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northern Arizona State University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Montana
  • University of Wisconsin Stephens Point
  • Utah State University
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