Dr. Kurt Eifling
Dr. Kurt EiflingMedical Director
Kurt Eifling, MD, FAWM is a practicing emergency physician with residency training in Emergency Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and fellowship training in Wilderness and Environmental Medicine at University of Colorado Medical Center. He currently lives and practices medicine in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas, where he serves on the faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Northwest Campus. He has been active in the Wilderness Medical Society since 2011, helping to establish and update national practice guidelines for heat illness and for the immediate and long-term psychological impacts of emotionally stressful experiences in wilderness settings. Through a series of deployments, he has spent over two years providing medical care in field camp settings including active conflict zones in Afghanistan, Greenland’s Summit Station with the National Science Foundation, shipboard medicine, and mass gatherings in jungles and deserts. His own research and publications focus on wellness in field camp settings.
Beth Magyar
Beth Magyar Student Engagement and Enrollment Manager
Beth Magyar graduated from Appalachian State University In December 2016 with a Bachelors and Masters in Exercise Science. Following school, she served as a Community Health Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Eswatini. Her experiences abroad sparked her interest in international education which led her to The Middlebury Institute for International Studies. There she acquired an MA in International Education Management which led her to join IFR in the summer of 2021. Her experiences abroad have molded her belief that relationships built across different backgrounds and cultures are critical for creating a stronger, more empathetic society. Beth’s contagious enthusiasm for education and the outdoors instantly engages those around her.
Ana Eyssimont
Ana EyssimontSocial Media Coordinator
Ana Eyssimont graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor’s in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and with honors in Environmental Studies. She wrote her honors thesis about her research studying environmental public policy laid out in three Colorado city’s sustainability plans and its correlation over time with sustainable development initiatives and greenhouse gas emission inventories.
Her passion for outdoors recreation -skiing, rock climbing, and surfing- drives her interest in environmental conservation research and climate change policy, however she is truly passionate about communicating the scientific method and scholarly research to the general public. It is her belief that by making complex scientific research more accessible, by using tools such as social media, the complex evidence and data presented may influence social norms and cultural values towards an environmentally conscientious paradigm. At the IFR she creates transparent communication channels between the scientific community and the general public, while connecting students to top quality research opportunities.
Angela Susak Pitzer
Angela Susak PitzerDirector of Operations
Angela Susak Pitzer earned her PhD in Egyptian archaeology from the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation research was a multi-disciplinary study of Roman glass from Karanis, Egypt, which combined archaeological and chemical compositional data, ethnoarchaeology, and historical insights to assess how objects were valued in the ancient world. She has over ten years of experience working on numerous archaeological projects in Egypt and in North America. She also conducted ethnoarchaeological studies in Egypt and in the United Kingdom. With an undergraduate joint degree in psychology and anthropology, she has a deeply rooted interest in human behavior, both past and present. She strongly believes that anthropological and archaeological research can inform present conditions worldwide and that field research is an invaluable experience one may apply to a vast range of disciplines. Angela strives to help carry out IFR’s mission to provide transformative programs and to promote equity, diversity and accessibility in field school education.