Archived Activity

Parking Lot Lichen Walk

Symbiotic micro-ecologies in concrete


Saturday, May 18 2024


Proximate to the Brooklyn Museum


10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Mustafa Saifuddin,


Pay what you wish, $25 Suggested Donation

Max # of Participants:


About Facilitator

Mustafa Saifuddin is a Visiting Assistant Professor with XE: Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement at New York University. Mustafa is an ecologist with a particular interest in microbial ecology, mycorrhizal fungi, soil biogeochemistry, and environmental and climate justice. Mustafa is the author of research on soil microbial ecology, food systems and climate change among other topics.


Lichen are some of the original worldbuilders—their ability to thrive in disturbed places can build soil for other vegetation to begin to emerge. Comprised of algae, fungi, and other organisms, lichens were among the first symbioses to be described, radically changing the ways in which we think of individuality, mortality, evolution, and species classification. In this parking lot lichen walk, we will search for lichens in the crevices of concrete and learn more about symbioses, their ability for world building, and dreaming together. 

We’ll observe lichen through microscopy as a way to reflect on beauty in overlooked spaces.

What's Included

  • Magnifying loupes
  • Lichen Guidebook
  • Microscopes

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Hat/Sunglasses (optional)


  • Wheelchair accessible. This is a 1.5-hour, moving, workshop.


 If weather is inclement, we will email participants 2 hours before the start of the event.