Charles R. Brown, professor of biological sciences at the University of Tulsa, has studied swallows since age 11. Over the last 28 years in western Nebraska, he and a research team have banded more than 200,000 cliff swallows. Receiving degrees from Austin College (B.A.) and Princeton University (Ph.D.), Brown published his first scientific paper at age 15, and his articles have appeared in Nature, Science, Evolution, Ecology and many other publications. His book, “Swallow Summer,” was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1998. In 2009, Brown and collaborator Mary Bomberger Brown of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln received the Elliot Coues Award from the American Ornithologists’ Union in recognition of their outstanding research on cliff swallows.