including her book

Nature's Ambassador:

The Legacy of 



Christie Palmer Lowrance


An Extinction Story


and The Birth of

Nautical Archaeology


The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess

Christie Palmer Lowrance
Christie Palmer Lowrance


"Thornton Burgess repeatedly employed the device of putting arguments for conservation into the mouths of his animal characters. [Dr. William T.] Hornaday himself credited Burgess’ writings with essential help in passing the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. ‘You can always have the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed substantially to these grand results,” wrote a grateful Hornaday to Burgess (p. 153). [note: Dr. William T. Hornaday was the director of the New York Zoological Society and a powerful early 20th century conservation activist.]


‘The most valuable part of Lowrance’s informative volume is learning about Thornton Burgess’ collaborations with scientists and conservationists. These collaborations tie together sentimental fiction and hardheaded scientific conservation"


KEVIN ARMITAGE, Environmental History Journal, October 2014

About Christie

For 40 years, Christie Palmer Lowrance has passionately pursued her writing career as a journalist, freelance and travel writer, biographer, instructor, and editor/consultant. Her work covers diverse subjects primarily related to Cape Cod's historical, artistic, literary, and commercial life. She has taught writing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Cape Cod Community College, and the Cape Cod Writers Conference.


Ms. Lowrance is the author of Nature’s Ambassador: The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess, a 320-page biography published in 2013  by Schiffer Publishing. Her book is the first complete biography of the preeminent 20th century naturalist, wildlife advocate,  children’s author, and pioneer in environmental education and radio programming. ​


She holds a B.A. (English) from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and an M.A. (Professional Writing) from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her thesis is titled “A Study in Issues: Shipwreck Preservation and Management,” which focuses extensively on the work of Dr. George F. Bass, widely known as "the father of underwater archaeology," and of deep sea explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, who located the Titanic and other iconic shipwrecks. She interviewed many other nautical and maritime specialists for her research.​

​At present she is writing the biography of Dr. George Bass, a pioneer in the field of nautical archaeology, founder of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology in College Station, TX and Bodrum, Turkey, and professor emeritus at Texas A&M University.

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Christie Palmer Lowrance

Talks, Classes, and Book Signings

If you are interested in having me come to your group for a talk, 

book signing & buying, please contact me


Thanks to Melinda Gallant, host of SCTV’s Cape Conversations . . .

. . .who invited the four editors of the Sandwich Arts Alliance’s new publication, “Pebbles in the Stream,” including Christina Nordstrom, Carolyn LeComte, Jana Dillon, and me. Being interviewed is always a little stressful, but she put us at our ease, no problem for Melinda, having done hundreds of programs over the years! Also thanks to Paula Johnson, SCTV manager who is so generous with the station’s staff and scheduling, a real community asset!

Upcoming Events:

Pebbles in the Stream

ZOOM Poetry Reading

a Pebbles poetry reading and a look at what these poems mean to the people who commissioned them and who wrote them.  To buy a special copy for yourself or loved ones for the holidays,  go online at SAA.


You can also stop by the center (masks required of course) and also check out other books by 15 published SAA Literary Arts members.


HOT TIP:  Holly Days is underway there – the art and gift items are stunning!!  

Ongoing Events:

Writer's Networking

2nd Wednesday of the Month

Sandwich Arts Alliance

Christie hosts a monthly meeting (2nd Wednesday) of the Sandwich Arts Alliance Literary group’s “Writers Networking.” Discussion of broad range of writerly interests: what we’re working on, what we’re working toward, how we create dialogue, how we deal with audience (…e.g. how Terri Arthur changed audiences when adapting an adult book for a children’s book); what the great William Zinsser thinks about creating unity in writing, etc. 

“I didn’t know what to expect when Christie Lowrance invited me to join her newly formed Writers Networking group,” says novelist Terri Arthur.  “Christie has been an expert moderator for the group. She encourages people to discuss their thoughts and experiences and is always ready to share some new information that guides our thinking in a new direction.”



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