I spent my third co-op term working for the Wildlife Institute of India as an intern in the Landscape Ecology and Visualization Lab. My job was to design my own research project around investigating the outcome of conservation investments within the Great Himalayan National Park, and the eco-development zone surrounding it. To do so, I partitioned the Institute’s main campus in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, and the Park, in Himachal Pradesh. The work was half remote sensing and LiDAR analysis based and half field based within the Park and ecozone. The field data is based on 60+ interviews with local villagers to assess their opinions of the Park, vegetation assessments in village-adjacent areas, and wildlife camera trapping. This opportunity was very rewarding for me both professionally and personally. I have gained invaluable experience working with some of the brightest ecologists and wildlife researchers in India, as well as great exposure in ecological research. It was also a good introduction to working in India, which is something I am interested in doing throughout my career. More personally, this position gave me the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream of visiting the Himalayas, which I have now spent over a month living in. I am very thankful to UBC Forestry, the Co-op program, and, of course, the Wildlife Institute for giving me this opportunity.