Kat Armstrong ’22

Kat is an environmental studies and Spanish major from Iowa City, Iowa.


Rogers Fellow in Environmental Studies

Coastal Ecology & Conservation Lab, University of South Carolina Beaufort | Beaufort, South Carolina

Week 8:
Not “Goodbye”, Just “See You Later”


August 1, 2020 | This summer truly exceeded all my expectations. I went into this internship with a lot of uncertainty and nerves, but I leave with lots of wonderful memories, valuable experiences, and excitement. This last week, we dug even more into the data we collected this summer, and it was very reassuring to really see that all […]

Week 7:
Not Ready to Leave


July 25, 2020 | I cannot believe that I only have one week left here in Beaufort. I’ve been taking lots of mental (and physical) snapshots this past week, so I can hold onto a little bit of South Carolina once I travel back to Iowa. Every time I drive on the bridge over the Broad River, every time […]

Week 6:
Reflecting on My Week of Reflection


July 18, 2020 | The most notable experience of this week was on Friday, when Lindsey and I did our first all-day sampling. This means that we spent our day on the dock at the Port Royal Sound Foundation, collecting water samples and filtering them in the field every hour, from high tide at 7:12 am, through low tide, […]

Week 5:
A Rainy Week


July 10, 2020 | This week at work looked pretty similar to last week: following the tidal schedule to collect samples at high and low tides most days. We did add on two new sampling locations for a couple days, mainly out of curiosity, so it was fun to see some new areas while collecting these samples. Lindsey and […]

Week 4:
Halfway There


July 3, 2020 | This week marks the halfway point of my summer here in Beaufort, and it was the best week yet! With most of the materials finally having been delivered to the lab, Lindsey and I got to really dig into sampling. The first couple of times, Dr. Pettay went with us to our two sampling locations […]

Week 3:
A Full Week


June 27, 2020 | This week was simultaneously full of work, relaxation, and exploration. We of course continued setting up and organizing the lab as materials kept coming in, but we also got to begin the exciting work of learning how to collect and analyze water samples.  We were able to go down to the local waterfront, collect data […]

Week 2:
A Slow Start


June 19, 2020 | This week I got to spend much more time with Dr. Pettay and Lindsey in the lab, which I definitely prefer over working alone in my apartment. Dr. Pettay is relatively new to the campus at USCB, and therefore his lab is just getting started. Most of our time was spent unpacking boxes, organizing materials, […]

Week 1:
A Pandemic Can’t Stop Me


June 12, 2020 | Most years, the Rogers Fellow in Environmental Studies heads to Columbia, South Carolina to work at the Baruch Marine Institute there. This year though, COVID-19 had a different idea. When I found out that this lab could not bring in undergraduate researchers for the summer, I was upset about losing the opportunity. Luckily, a team […]