Hildie Maria Nacorda is the Benthos Team Leader for the Benham Bank expedition. She teaches aquatic and marine science at the University of the Philippines Los Baños-School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM). Currently, she is pursuing research on the biodiversity of coastal zones and the deep sea, with focus on soft bottom (sediment) ecology, behavior of marine invertebrates, and seagrass ecosystems. She finished her bachelor's dregree on Fisheries at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, and her Master's degree on Marine Science at the University of the Philippines–Marine Science Institute. She completed her doctorate at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, in Delft, Netherlands.