Thimali is a research assistant at SLYCAN Trust, and works on thematic areas of mangroves, climate change, and waste management. Her areas of interest include mangroves, waste management, and livelihood and economic development. Thimali specialised in BSc. Aquatic Resources Technology at the Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka and has partially completed a professional qualification at CIMA-UK. She is currently doing a masters in Applied Microbiology at the University of Kelaniya. Thimali conducted undergraduate research on ‘Elasmobranch Fisheries’ and received the ‘Best Oral Presenter’ award in the technical session on aquaculture and fisheries in the second International Research Symposium held at the Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka. She has experience working as a temporary demonstrator in the Department of Animal Science in the Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka.