Meet your committee -Part 3

Welcome to the third part of “Meet your committee”. This time learn a little bit more about Arne Fuhrmann, one of our postgraduate representatives, and James Churchill, one of our industry representatives.

Arne Fuhrmann – Postgraduate representative


Hi, I am Arne, PhD student from the University of Manchester. My project deals with the allogenic and autogenic forcing mechanisms on deep-marine slope channel deposits and their influence on reservoir quality. To link these large scale driving mechanisms to bed and grain scale, I am using an integrated approach that covers seismic, well logs and core data from offshore Tanzania. Fortunately, my project also involves exciting fieldwork in Chile and France and allows me to travel a lot. In my free time I love being in the outdoors to hike, climb or ride my bike!

Since when have you been a member of the BSRG?

I joined the BSRG before I moved to England in last autumn to stay up to date on news in the sedimentological research community. Although, I am feeling like being a full member after my first Postgraduate field trip to Northumberland and the BSRG AGM in Cambridge last December.

What is your position in the committee?

I am a Postgraduate Representative. We are a working in a team of four to organize annual workshops and field trips for the PhD students in our research community. This year we started with a very exciting modeling workshop at the University of Bangor dealing with subaqueous sediment gravity flows, which was a great success. We already have a lot of interesting events in planning that cover different disciplines in sedimentology. So stay updated!

Why did you decide to volunteer for it?

I made the decision to volunteer for the community after the last field postgraduate fieldtrip in Northumberland. I think it is a very nice thing to bring different researcher together and help them to network and exchange their views. It also allows me to develop my own ideas for workshops and field trips and work together with interesting people to make them happen. So far it has been great fun!

What do you like specifically about the BSRG?

The one thing I like most about the BSRG is how inclusive it is to everyone that is interested in sedimentology and how easily it connects you to like-minded people. All the meetings and field trips are very informal, which gives you an excellent basis to get new professional connection and to make friends.

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James Churchill- Industry representative


Hi, I’m James and a 17-year industry veteran after studying at the Universities of Liverpool and Aberdeen.  After university I worked as a sedimentologist for over 14 years before trying something different as a Production Geologist, first at BG Group and now Shell.  So, although I no longer get to the core store as much I used to sedimentology and reservoir quality remain my “work hobbies”.

Since when have you been a member of the BSRG?

My first BSRG meeting was in 1997 when it was held at the University of Liverpool, so I guess I have been a member since then.  If I’m honest I can’t remember much about the meeting other than dancing the night away with what I would soon realise were “eminent academics”!  Since then I’ve been to various meetings and always found them relevant, thought provoking and a great way to stay in touch with sedimentological research.

What is your position in the committee?

Over the years I’ve worked with various students and academics to help steer research in an applied direction and being part of the BSRG committee is an extension of that.  Working in industry means you look at research through a slightly different lens so being part of the committee brings that perspective to the meetings and awards.

Why did you decide to volunteer for it?

Why not?  Recently I have regularly been to the BSRG annual meetings (although I did miss the last one) and being part of the committee is a great way to be more involved and steer the group.

What do you like specifically about the BSRG?

The BSRG is a really friendly and accessible society, and as sedimentology remains strong in the UK and Europe the annual meetings are an excellent way to bring myself up-to-speed with sedimentological research that I might have missed throughout the year.  It also means I get to know students that might be colleagues or collaborators in the future.  Oh, and the fieldtrips are great!

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