Applied Social Science for People and the Environment

Established in 2014, EnvAnthro Consulting, LLC offers professional research and consulting services to federal, state and local agencies, public and private sector entities, NGOs, international and multilateral institutions, American Indian tribes and local communities in partnership to provide equitable solutions to practical human problems and mitigate potential adverse social, cultural and environmental effects of policy decisions and project undertakings. Consulting services are provided in the following areas:

Applied ethnography;

Social, cultural and environmental impact assessment;

Cultural heritage (Cultural Affiliation, Ethnoarchaeology, Sacred Sites, Traditional Cultural Properties, Indigenous Knowledge, Traditional Resource Use, Ethnobotany, Ethnohistory, Rock Art, Repatriation) and Compliance research;

New World ethnohistory;

Social and Community development;

Development-, Conservation-, Disaster-, and Climate Change-Induced Displacement and Resettlement;

International Safeguard Standards;

Food and Livelihood Security;

Rapid rural appraisal;

Monitoring and evaluation;


Social Policy analysis;

Technical report writing.

Interviewing Southern Paute elders in Grand Canyon National Park  (Photography by Richard W. Stoffle)

Interviewing Southern Paute elders in Grand Canyon National Park (Photography by Richard W. Stoffle)

EnvAnthro Consulting, LLC provides the above services with an ethical commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration, participatory action research, free prior informed consent, meaningful consultation and participation of project-affected populations, social and environmental justice, respect for cultural values and human rights, and collaborative mitigation of equitable solutions.

Over 35 years of team-oriented research and field experience in policy-relevant applied ethnography, SIA, EIA, cultural heritage and compliance research in the United States, Latin America/Caribbean and Africa. Consultation experience with numerous American Indian tribes on issues of nuclear and hazardous waste facility siting, private sector development on federal land, proposed power line routes through traditional lands, cultural and natural resource management plans for national parks and other protected areas, traditional resource use, sacred sites, NAGPRA repatriation, Traditional Cultural Properties, and cultural landscapes under NEPA, AIRFA, NAGPRA, NHPA Section 106, ACHP, NRHP,  and Executive Orders on Environmental Justice, Sacred Sites and Tribal Consultation. Ethnographic research and fieldwork experience in resettled indigenous, rural agricultural and coastal marine fisher communities in northern and southeastern Mexico and circum-Caribbean (Dominican Republic). Rapid appraisal experience in Malawian villages on issues of protected areas , food and livelihood activities, local land and natural resource use. Ethnohistoric and ethnographic research on Southern Paiute aboriginal water rights and land claims. Technical report writing on coastal marine resource management for World Bank Environmental Assessment Sourcebook in accordance with World Bank social safeguard standards and policies. Various desk reviews/commentaries on agency proposed actions, policies, management plans and project reports.

In the home office. (Photo: McKenzie Carter)

In the home office. (Photo: McKenzie Carter)

David B. Halmo, owner and Principal Investigator at EnvAnthro Consulting, LLC, has a BA in sociology-applied anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (1982), a MA in applied anthropology from Georgia State University (1987), and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Arizona (2001).

His areas of research and consulting interest include public interest and applied anthropology, environmental anthropology, social, cultural and environmental impact assessment, cultural heritage, ethnoecology, New World ethnohistory, social policy and social development, development anthropology, involuntary displacement and resettlement, climate change, disaster studies, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendant populations,  and coastal marine fisher communities in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean and southern Africa.

He has conducted fieldwork in the mid-western, western and southeastern U.S. (Gulf coast), Mexico (Oaxaca and Sonora), the Dominican Republic, and Malawi.

He has served as a faculty research scientist on applied ethnographic research teams at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan and the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, as Cultural Preservation Officer/NAGPRA Coordinator for the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Havasu Lake, CA, and as one of the first staff anthropologist/interns in the Washington Office of the National Park Service, U. S. Dept. of Interior, during the initial stages of the development of the NPS Ethnography Program.

He has taught anthropology and international studies at Pima Community College, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and Loyola University-Chicago.

He is a member of the Society for Applied Anthropology, the International Association for Impact Assessment, and the International Network on Displacement and Resettlement.