Our Team


Brian P. McCullough

Associate Professor and
Laboratory Director

Brian P. McCullough (Ph.D., Texas A&M University) is an Associate Professor in the Sport Management program within the Department of Health and Kinesiology. McCullough's research focuses on the intersection of sport and the natural environment. Specifically, he examines this bidirectional relationship from three interrelated focal points: (1) to assess the environmental impact of sport organizations and fans; (2) to understand the decision-making processes by sport organizations to implement environmentally friendly practices; and (3) to examine the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement campaigns related to environmental sustainability.

He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, has authored one book (Introduction to Environmental Sport Management), and has co-edited two books (Routledge Handbook of Sport and the Environment, Routledge Handbook of Sport and Sustainable Development). He has contributed to the formation of the United Nation's Climate Secretariat's Sports for Climate Action Framework, has worked with the Green Sports Alliance, Council for Responsible Sport, and is currently working with the Texas A&M Athletics, International Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Secretariat Sport for Development and Peace Program to better evaluate Sustainable Development Goals within the sport sector.


Jessica R. Murfree

Visiting Assistant Professor and
Affiliated Faculty

Jessica R. Murfree (Ph.D., University of Louisville) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sport Management program within the Department of Health and Kinesiology, and an Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Faculty Fellow. Her research examines the effects of climate change on sport, namely the social and legal implications of extreme weather and climate risks, and environmental injustices faced by minoritized groups in sport and recreation. Dr. Murfree has worked with the the Global Youth Network Summit on Sports for Climate Action, Texas A&M Athletics, Climate Week NYC, the Green Sports Alliance, and Ocean Conservancy.


Anne Dietrich

Doctoral Student and
Executive Researcher

Anne Dietrich is a Ph.D. student in the Sport Management program within the Department of Health and Kinesiology. Anne Dietrich’s research focusses on sport sustainability. Specifically, she aims to develop engaging sport sustainability strategy, based on stakeholder involvement. She is also interested in the roles of athletes in the sustainability transition.  Anne Dietrich received her Master of Science from Leipzig University in Sustainable Development in 2020 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability from the Ohio State University. She gained industry experience in the fields of clean energy, sustainable chemistry, and the NGO sector.