Kayla is a writer and environmental researcher focused at the intersection between climate change, environmental education and justice. She worked with scientist Jo Handelsman on the forthcoming book A World Without Soil,making creative contributions and providing research. This book lays bare the extent of unsustainable soil erosion around the world and looks for solutions in traditional, as well as recently innovated, agricultural methods. It was this book project that inspired Kayla to pursue a MSc in Environment and Development at the London School of Economics, for which she produced original research exploring Māori perspectives on justice for Pacific islanders at risk of climate-induced displacement.
She is currently working part-time at the University of Manchester and the Edge Foundation, facilitating a network of UK-Based academics committed to collaborating with local schools to spread eco-literacy. She has written articles for Edge about the importance of integrating environmental education into school curriculums, and specifically using the environment as a context for learning.