Growing up in the picturesque landscape of the Wayanad district in Kerala, my childhood was a symphony of hills, paddy fields, lush forests, and teeming wildlife. Exploring the natural wonders around me became a source of joy – scaling hills to witness the verdant valleys of the Western Ghats, trekking through the shola grasslands adorned with blooming flowers, observing the diverse birdlife and their melodic tunes, and strolling along the banks of forest streams. These experiences ignited a passion for nature within me. Fueling this passion, I pursued a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology and embarked on a journey with ATREE’s PhD program in 2015. My research interest revolves around the ecology and conservation of wildlife and their habitats in the tropics through robust scientific research. For my doctoral research at ATREE, I studied the historical transformation of the Wayanad plateau since pre-colonial periods and its impact on Asian elephants. On the landscape history, I overlaid the current distribution pattern of elephants and Human-elephant interactions. The study helped to understand the importance of a historical approach to comprehend contemporary ecological patterns, particularly crucial for elephant conservation in rapidly changing landscapes like Wayanad. Expanding upon the thesis work, I have started a project in Wayanad aimed at identifying and monitoring individual elephants. The goal is to gather detailed insights into their behavior, contributing to improved management of human-elephant conflict and the conservation of the species.