Bailey earned his Ph.D. from Washington State University. His dissertation focused on geochemistry and petrogenesis of Miocene volcanic rocks in the Powder River Volcanic Field, NE Oregon. He is a recipient of National Science Foundation ILI and CCLI Grants, and is a Research Associate of the New York State Museum. His current research focuses on the history of igneous and tectonic activity in the northeastern United States, and on the mineralogy of New York State. He is the author of numerous peer reviewed papers, conference abstracts, and field trip guides.